HOW CAN A DRIVER'S LICENSE BE SUSPENDED?
By Jonathan van Ekelenburg
In Ontario, driver’s license suspensions can come as the result of certain kinds of charges, as a punishment for unpaid fines from traffic tickets, or as the result of having built up too many demerit points from traffic tickets.
After building up too many points, a driver will be scheduled an interview with the Ministry of Transportation in which they must plead their case to avoid having a license suspension. When the demerit point limit is reached, an automatic suspension will be mailed to the driver.
Certain very serious charges, like a Part 3 careless driving charge or a charge of stunt driving, can carry the penalty of a license suspension as the result of a conviction at the Justice of Peace’s discretion. Some charges, such as driving while under suspension, carry a suspension as a result of the conviction alone.
Drivers with G1 and G2 class licenses in Ontario have certain important restrictions upon their driving that, if violated, will result in license suspensions. For example, if a driver with either a G1 or G2 license receives a conviction for a ticket with 4 or more demerit points, they will immediately receive a 30-day suspension on their license. A second offence for these restrictions results in a 90-day suspension, and a third offence results in a novice driver’s license being cancelled. Drivers with these license classes should be very careful to not violate the restrictions on their licenses.
Leaving fines unpaid from a traffic ticket you were convicted on can result in your license being suspended. If you have been convicted on a charge or have just decided to pay a ticket, you need to do so within 15 days, or your license could possibly be suspended.
Read more about License Suspensions:
- How Do I Know If My License Has Been Suspended?
- Driving While Under Suspension
- How Can a License Suspension Affect My Insurance Rates?